Bloods battle hard to secure valuable point against Bamber Bridge
Monday 22nd January 2018 @ 12:35 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Evo-Stik First Division North

Droylsden 1-1 Bamber Bridge


Two first half goals saw both teams cancel each other out in this exciting top-of-the-table clash in wet conditions at the Butchers Arms.

The Bloods were back to full strength with Antoine Clarke and Ben Barber returning from injury at the back, Danny Ventre coming back from suspension in midfield and Jamie Rainford making his debut.

Ciaran Kilheeney put the home side ahead in a first half that Droylsden dominated, deflecting Ben Barber’s cross into the net.

But the striker will rue the two missed chances he had before that, shooting weakly at goalkeeper Rigby when a deflected clearance landed at his feet and then seeing the keeper parry his downwards header over the bar as well as seeing his goalbound shot diverted over the bar by the head of Bridge skipper Lawler.

Droylsden indeed dominated the first half, Danny Ventre seeing his free kick come back off the base of the post while Rigby saved well to deny Liam Caddick.

It wasn’t all one way though, as the visitors threatened on the break, Richie Branagan called into action to save from Carsley and turning the dangerous Waddecar’s shot round the post for a corner.

From the corner, Bridge equalised almost on the stroke of half time, Carsley collecting the ball just inside the area and hitting the top corner of Branagan’s goal with a superb strike.

The visitors equalised on the stroke of half time against the run of play, Brad Carsley collecting the ball in the penalty area and shooting into the top corner.

After half time, both teams created chances, Boyd going close for the visitors just after the resumption while Rainford saw his strike deflected behind for a corner while Alex Frost saw his header graze the outside of the post from a corner.

Both sides battled to get the winner in the wet conditions and the game could have gone either way at the end, but the Bloods will be the more disappointed with the draw when they reflect on the first half missed chances.

By Nigel Barlow